Naturally Flavored Water
An easy formula for making your own quick, healthy fruit and herb infused waters in endless varieties.
Say goodbye to soda, juice, and bottled water with these refreshing, healthy flavors! I’m keeping 2-3 flavors of this “spa water” in my fridge now, so I have a variety to motivate me to drink more water.
I was a hardcore Dr. Pepper girl for years. Then I gave up regular soda because of the high sugar content and switched to diet soda. Next we were warned to avoid the chemicals in diet soda; and more recently studies have indicated that diet soda actually causes rather than prevents weight gain (source). Geez. Lots of us moved on to bottled water, but that has landfill and environmental consequences and can be less healthy than regular tap water (source). Juice has more nutrition than soda, but is comparable in sugar, carb, and calorie content (source). Dang. It’s hard to keep up.
At the end of the day, regular old tap water–or at least a filtered version of it–seems to be the way to go. I’m fortunate that St. Louis is considered to have some of the best tasting tap water in the U.S. I still prefer the taste of it filtered through a Brita Water Filter Pitcher–we’ve been using one for years. But, I still don’t drink enough water.
Aside from my morning coffee, I honestly forget to drink fluids throughout the day. I know that it’s important for my health. I don’t dislike water, but I do get kind of bored with it. That was the motivation for starting to make flavored waters. (more…)
A smoothie a day containing berries may be all you need to blunt a rapid insulin response responsible for long-term weight gain and diabetes. Strawberries, bilberries, lingonberries, and chokeberries offer a means of reducing the risk, says a new study from Finland.
Consumer interest in berries and the compounds they contain has increased in recent years, following results from studies reporting a wide range of health benefits, most notably for brain health and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s.
The beneficial effects of the blueberries are thought to be linked to their flavonoid content – in particular anthocyanins and flavanols. (more…)
That, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), is the average number of pesticides you are likely to be unknowingly gulping down in an attempt to be healthy by eating your five fruits and vegetables per day.
Of course, that’s if the produce you’re choosing happens to be on the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables with the worst overall pesticide scores. (more…)
In some recent fad diets, fruit has had a lot of negative press, mostly because of its sugar/carbohydrate content or the idea that it raises acidity. But fruit, far from being in any way detrimental, can be a key in renovating your body and helping to establish permanent good health. Fruit is in fact good for you, and was all along.
Advertising for some new beverages now claims they have “less sugar than juice” Don’t be taken in… not all ‘sugars’ were created equal.
The sugars found in fruit are in the form of sucrose and fructose. By the magic of the enzymes fruit contains, the moment you begin to chew it, these sugars are converted to glucose. This puts the sugars from fruit into a whole different category from other sugars. The number one fuel for our bodies is glucose, and any other fuel we consume must be converted to glucose before the body uses it.
When we consume fruit, we are ingesting glucose that is bound together with minerals and vitamins, water, fiber and enzymes. Glucose bound in this manner is used synergistically to nourish our cells, and does not contribute to weight gain nor does it feed yeasts or Candida. Glucose bound in this manner does not acidify the bloodstream. When ripe, raw fruit is eaten, its enzymes help to get those fruit sugars into the cells within a few minutes and there is very rarely any danger of any blood sugar troubles, even when fruit is eaten by diabetics. (more…)
Can those blueberries in your breakfast cereal help stave off Parkinson’s disease? New research says yes.